How to request a replacement birth record after an adoption
Instructions for the court where the adoption proceedings took place
- Complete the Certificate of Adoption (PDF). Provide all the requested information. The information about the child and birth parents (section 3) must match the information on the birth record exactly. If the information does not match, the Certificate of Adoption will be returned to the court.
- The fee for registering a replacement birth record or creating a birth record after a foreign adoption is $40. The Office of Vital Records will not process a Certificate of Adoption received without this fee.
- Complete an Application for Birth Certificate after Adoption (PDF) if the attorney or adoptive parents wish to request a birth certificate with the adoptive information for the child. A birth certificate costs $26. The notarized application and the fees may be included with the Certificate of Adoption.
- Mail the Certificate of Adoption (not the adoption order or decree), the Application for Birth Certificate after Adoption and associated fees to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering - Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0499
For more information about birth records after an adoption, call 651-201-5970, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.